Death Notices



Robert J. Orso, 74, of Grandview died Monday, Jan. 16, 2006, at his home.

He was born Jan. 19, 1931 to Jim and Emma (Peretti) Orso. He graduated from Cle Elum High School. He entered the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean Conflict. After being discharged he attended Central Washington University and graduated with a Master’s degree in education. He worked 30 years as an elementary school teacher at Arthur H. Smith School in Grandview.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jeanette (Fera) Orso; a sister, Rose (Joe) Andreotti of Yakima; two daughters, Rebecca Orso-Kirkland of Cle Elum and Susie (Peter) Pawlicki of Shoreline; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A family gathering is planned in the spring instead of a formal service. Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the CWU Alumni Association at 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926 or Arthur H. Smith School Reading Program, 205 Fir Ave., Grandview, WA. 98930. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Luz Maria Tapia, 32, of Mabelvale, Ark. and a long-time Mabton resident died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.

She was born Aug. 4, 1973 in Coalcoman, Michoacan, Mexico to Fidel Cervantez Ortega and Carolina (Rodriguez) Ortega. In 1979 she with her family moved to Washington. She graduated from Mabton High School with the class of 1992. On Oct. 11, 1994 she married Raymundo Tapia in Sunnyside. For the past seven years they have lived in Arkansas.

She is survived by her husband, Raymundo Tapia; her children, Maria Victoria Tapia, Raymundo Tapia Jr. and Jesus Tapia, all of Mabelvale; her parents, Fidel and Carolina Ortega; and her siblings, Concepcion Ortega of Wenatchee, Martha Lopez and husband, Almicar, of Baton Rouge, La., Olga Parkillur and husband, Vijay, of Sunnyside, Jesus Ortega and wife, Letty, of Sunnyside, Jose Ortega of Sunnyside, Juan Ortega, Abel Ortega, Rosa Ortega, Primitivo Ortega, Cristina Ortega and Antonio Ortega, all of Mabton.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mabton, with burial to follow at Mabton Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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